Gopinath Parayil (Gopi) is the founder and Chief Executive of The Blue Yonder. Gopi set up Nila Foundation in Kerala during 2004 out of the passion for the region he comes from and a concern for a unique river civilization. While exploring a sustainable financial support for the foundation, he came up with the idea of The Blue Yonder (TBY), which is now one of the most innovative responsible travel companies in the world. In 2009 December Outlook Business Magazine has featured Gopi amongst the 50 Social Entrepreneurs in India. An official Responsible Tourism Partner for ITB Berlin and ITB Asia, The Blue Yonder has won multiple international awards and recognitions for their responsible tourism initiatives including Conde Nast Traveler World Saver´s Awards, First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM and Conde Nast Traveler´s ´8 Great Trips that give back to communities´ among others. Gopi co-founded Responsible Tourism Networking that brings together Responsible Tourism practioners from around the world during larger trade shows like ITB Berlin and WTM. He is the ´Ideator´ at The Blue Yonder Associates, the consulting arm of The Blue Yonder group based out of Berlin, Germany and Bangalore in India. He is currently working on a food security project in Kerala supported through Sustainable Tourism. The Blue Yonder was recently chosen by India´s first Biennale in Kochi as its official tour partner and won the prestigious TODO! 2012 awards for Socially Responsible Tourism at ITB Berlin.